Open schooling (often used as a synonym for the whole school approach) is a flexible education system that allows learners to learn where and when it is more suitable to them, even if they are physically away from a school and a teacher. Open Schooling aims to bridge the gap between formal, informal, non-formal, and non-institutional education and requires collaboration between the school and other actors, such as other schools, community organizations, universities, parents, businesses, museums, etc.
The open schooling approach makes it possible for formal education to be engaged in real life and not isolated from it, thus better-preparing students for being successful citizens as well as workers and developing skills and competencies necessary for successful 21st-century life (eg. resilience, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking). This new educational landscape demands unusual collaborations between members of local communities and the private sector but eventually helps schools bridge the gap with the real world.
The training provides participants – especially school leaders – with a powerful framework to transform their school into an open school. This transformation can only occur if a school connects to other schools and the local community, businesses, and non-governmental organizations. Schools can form a hub together, in which they help each other, collect good practices and share their experiences. Such an open and curious environment will support the development of innovative and creative educational activities. The model takes school settings into account and therefore ensures that each school leader can innovate in a pleasant and suitable way for their school.
The training is built on the notion of open school doors meaning the school being open to welcome external actors, but also that professionals are ready to leave the comfort zone of the school premises, in collaboration with parents, families, local community actors, local businesses, cultural venues, and others.
Concept by: Eszter Salamon
The course will help the participants to:
- Understand the notion of open schooling;
- Assess the local benefits and challenges;
- Design an open schooling project;
- Take the leap from thinking about this approach as a project to open schooling as a mindset;
- Understand their own mindset, knowledge, and possible prejudices with regard to open schooling partners.
Day 1 -Introduction to the course
- Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
- Icebreaker activities;
- Presentations of the participants’ schools;
- Understanding the notion and benefits of this approach.
Day 2 – How open is your school?
- Assessing practices and obstacles in the participants’ schools;
- Evaluating inspiring practices from local perspectives.
Day 3 – Promoting change and innovation in your school
- Vision, values, and ethos;
- Drivers and risks of change vs. maintaining the status quo.
Day 4 – How to make your school more open
- Necessary teacher skills and competencies;
- Mindset, prejudices, and good experiences;
- Professional development and professional support for successful open schooling.
Day 5 – Open schools for connected communities
- Places and spaces;
- Communities and cultures;
- Science capital and its role.
Day 6 – Course closure & cultural activities
- Course evaluation: round-up of acquired competencies, feedback, and discussion;
- Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance.
- Excursion and other external cultural activities.
The schedule describes likely activities but may differ significantly based on the trainer delivering the specific session and the requests of the participants.
If you would like to discuss a specific topic, please indicate it at least 4 weeks in advance. Course modifications are subject to the trainer’s discretion.
The number and schedule of the cultural activities depend on the location, not the course; further information is available on each location webpage. The trainer will send you the definitive course schedule approximately two weeks before the course.